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Last 12 months, 87 people were affected by the virus in Andalusia, the region where Costa del Sol is positioned within the south of Spain, and eight were killed. The Andalusian Government has decided to act now as some regions are currently at high risk.

In keeping with health officials, the best level is recorded in Benahavís, in Malaga. The authorities are implementing prevention plans in addition to surveillance and control measures in these regions.

The Nile virus is usually transmitted by mosquitos that bite birds, which carry the virus and deposit it in each humans and horses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the “West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading reason for mosquito-borne disease within the continental United States. It’s mostly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Cases of WNV occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summertime and continues through fall,” it stated.

The NHS explained: “Some people develop mild flu-like symptoms, a skin rash and will feel sick. The infection normally goes away by itself without treatment. The virus isn’t contagious. You simply get it from being bitten by an infected mosquito.”

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Areas at high risk of Nile virus circulation:

Tarifa, Cádiz

Barbate, Cádiz

Benalup-Casas Viejas, Cádiz

Conil de la Frontera, Cádiz

Medina Sidonia, Cádiz

El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz

Puerto Real, Cádiz

Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz

Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz

San José del Valle, Cádiz

Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz

Trebujena, Cádiz

Bornos, Cádiz

Moguer, Huelva

La Palma del Condado, Huelva

San Bartolomé de la Torre, Huelva

Aljaraque, Huelva

Huelva, Huelva

Lepe, Huelva

Santa Bárbara de Casa, Huelva

Lopera, Jaén

Benahavís, Málaga

Almensilla, evilla

Bollullos de la Mitación, Sevilla

Bormujos, Sevilla

Camas, Sevilla

Castilleja de la Cuesta, Sevilla

Coria del Río, Sevilla

Gelves, Sevilla

Mairena del Aljarafe, Sevilla

Palomares del Río, Sevilla

La Puebla del Río, Sevilla

San Juan de Aznalfarache, Sevilla

Sanlúcar la Mayor, Sevilla

Tomares, Sevilla

Villamanrique de la Condesa, Sevilla

Sevilla, Sevilla

Carmona, Sevilla

Castilblanco de los Arroyos, Sevilla

Mairena del Alcor, Sevilla

Alcalá de Guadaíra, Sevilla

Las Cabezas de San Juan, Sevilla

Dos Hermanas, Sevilla

Lebrija, Sevilla

Morón de la Frontera, Sevilla

Los Palacios y Villafranca, Sevilla

Utrera, Sevilla


In some cases, the virus may cause a neuroinvasive disease corresponding to encephalitis, meninigitis or poliomyelitis.

Last 12 months’s outbreak, which was the worst Nile virus ever registered in Spain, began within the riverside towns of Coria del Río and La Puebla del Río after which spread to parts of Seville.

It quickly arrived on the coastal resort of Cadiz in August.

Drones were used to spray the areas where the mosquitos had been detected and to kill their eggs.

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot

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